By Marie Brennan
You, expensive reader, proceed at your individual hazard. it's not for the faint of heart—no extra so than the research of dragons itself. yet such learn deals rewards past examine: to face in a dragon’s presence, even for the briefest of moments—even on the threat of one’s life—is a satisfaction that, as soon as skilled, can by no means be forgotten. . . .
All the realm, from Scirland to the farthest reaches of Eriga, understand Isabella, girl Trent, to be the world’s preeminent dragon naturalist. She is the impressive girl who introduced the examine of dragons out of the misty shadows of delusion and false impression into the transparent gentle of contemporary technology. yet earlier than she grew to become the illustrious determine we all know this present day, there has been a bookish younger girl whose ardour for studying, common heritage, and, convinced, dragons defied the stifling conventions of her day.
Here eventually, in her personal phrases, is the genuine tale of a pioneering spirit who risked her acceptance, her customers, and her fragile flesh and bone to fulfill her clinical interest; of the way she sought real love and happiness regardless of her lamentable eccentricities; and of her exciting excursion to the perilous mountains of Vystrana, the place she made the 1st of many old discoveries that might switch the area ceaselessly.
Marie Brennan introduces a fascinating new international in A usual historical past of Dragons.
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A Natural History of Dragons: A Memoir by Lady Trent by Marie Brennan